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25-Jun-2014  Warsaw / Poland

Henkel Poland supports the Open Door Association

Let’s Go and Help

Two activities organized under the banner of the sport and charity initiative "Let's go and help" saw 80 Henkel employees from throughout Poland donning pedometers and collecting nearly 10,000 euros. The funds collected have been applied in full to the causes of the Warsaw Open Door Association, whose mission is to prevent exclusion and marginalization of people experiencing life’s difficulties.

A “Let's Go and Help” activity was announced at Henkel Polska for the first time in November 2013. Employees were asked to take part in sport activities to support the Open Door Association in its charitable programs. Team members, representing all the business units and functions were equipped with a pedometer, with every 1000 steps adding 5 Polish Zloty (PLN) to the fund.

This first initiative involved 30 Henkel employees from Warsaw. Just half a year later, and a repeat of the event attracted 50 volunteer participants from across almost all Henkel Polska’s sites.

During both editions, volunteers walked about 7,000 km, enabling them to collect close to 42,000 PLN (10,000 euros) in aid of the Open Door Association’s activities. Using this fund, Henkel supports two projects run by the association: The Warsaw Olympics for Disabled Children and Youth, and operation of a canteen providing food for free to people in a difficult financial situation.

“This donation from Henkel’s volunteering program will help us to finally open the canteen, which is located next to the association’s headquarters in Warsaw. Our protégés will be able to work there, opening the doors for them to a new profession,” says Anna Machalica-Pułtorak, founder and president of the association’s board. “The canteen workers will prepare and serve meals for local residents in need. We also plan to run catering services, which would allow the canteen to support itself financially and provide salaries for the employees,” she added.

“The ‘Let's Go and Help’ program has proved successful for us not least because it goes hand in hand with our employees’ sensitivities and volunteering profile. It fits in nicely with a tradition of social engagement and employee volunteering that is very strong in our company – a tradition that has been upheld by the Polish subsidiary for more than ten years now. Moreover, this pedometer project also promotes physical activity and a healthy lifestyle among our employees, which are important components of well balanced life,” says Dorota Strosznajder, Head of Corporate Communications, Henkel Polska. 

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